Patients in disease management programs who had been ignoring doctors' medication orders are more likely to start taking their prescriptions as directed if they receive specific educational material about their conditions and other reminder tools than those who are not given assistance, a new study suggests.
In a study released Tuesday by Anthem Prescription Management, a Mason, Ohio-based pharmacy benefits manager owned by health insurer Anthem, medication compliance rates for patients with congestive heart failure increased by 37% after being given educational brochures, a list of tips to improve compliance, pill boxes and wallet cards to track dosing schedules.
Survey participants had not been taking their drugs for congestive heart failure as prescribed prior to receiving the additional material, Anthem Prescription says. The PBM bases its findings on drug claims for the specific patients before and after the intervention.
"Through this type of program, Anthem Prescription hopes to identify customers who are not taking their medication as recommended, educate customers about the importance of medication safety and increase compliance with drug therapy based on targeted educational materials," John Schumacher, executive director for Anthem Prescription clinical programs, says in a company statement.
Even though many patients remain noncompliant, nearly all survey participants who answered additional questions realized after receiving the materials why they had been targeted, according to the survey.
Among this group, 96% say they understand the importance of medication safety and an equal percentage now understand the importance of telling physicians about other drugs they may be taking. Ninety percent say they used the pillbox and 77% used the wallet card, Anthem says.